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Bulls star DeMar DeRozan and teammate, Alex Caruso, sound off after tough loss vs. Heat

NBA Chicago Bulls DeMar DeRozan Alex Caruso

Bulls star DeMar DeRozan and teammate Alex Caruso sound off after a tough 107-104 loss against the Miami Heat.

For a moment, the Bulls went head-on against the Heat for the entire game and managed to garner momentum-shifting plays—such as Caruso’s nasty dunk. However, Miami’s suffocating defense proved to be too harsh for the Bulls to handle.

“This just shows you how grimy and gritty you gotta be. They got a lot of dogs over there who are very experienced in playoff play. That’s the type of style and physicality you’re going to get in the playoffs,” said the Bulls star.

Indeed, the Heat’s defense proved to be effective as the Bulls committed a whopping 23 turnovers throughout the game. A performance like this is reminiscent of Miami’s impressive Finals run back in 2020 at the bubble.

The Bulls slide down to 4th in the standings, falling one game behind the Heat. Despite the tough loss, Caruso seems optimistic about what the team’s capabilities are for the future.

“They’re a good team. They’re going to get better. We’re a good team. We’re going to get better.”

DeRozan played an incredible game and scored 28 points with 7 rebounds. Apart from his nasty dunk on P.J. Tucker, Caruso contributed well in the scoreboard, scoring 22 points and dishing out 6 assists. What struck the Bulls’ defense was Miami’s bench firepower. Both Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler scored in double digits, but Gabe Vincent poured in some three-point bombs in fourth, totaling his output to 20 points.

Regardless of the outcome, this clash was pretty fun to watch and can be an entertaining series if these two teams meet in the Playoffs.